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Temperance as an antidote to juvenile delinquency.
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives
Producer: Chicago Film Laboratory
Sponsor: National Women's Christian Temperance Union
Audio/Visual: Sd, B&W
Keywords: Juvenile delinquency; Substance abuse: Alcohol; World War II: Homefront
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: "like saving a life!"
While the most basic message here (Alcohol can get you into real trouble) is valid, the plot, story, pacing, cast and so on are lackluster at best. When the ending card credits a temperance union (!!), all the exposition the judge delivers seems so obvious.
Easily forgettable and not worth the time compared to most of the rest of Prelinger's Archive.
Let me also say, that judge reminds me of Landis!
Subject: "That Boy Joe" shows its age
This 1944 film is dated and the script somewhat pretentious. A few points brought out about why teenagers get in trouble were good, but quoting J. Edgar Hoover now seems laughable. A good attempt for that era, however.
Subject: Mom's hat
I would find her guilty of wearing a shitty hat.
Subject: Absolute classic!
Force feed your kids with Sunday School and Shakespeare and Utopia is here to stay!
Subject: I'm Gonna Party All Night til it's 1944!
Totally whacked story of a boy named Joe, who is hauled in front of a Juvie court judge because he stole some cigarettes with his friend. (you can tell they're both trouble, they both wear cardigans!). The judge finds out Joe was also drinking beer ("Oh, you were drinking beer, eh?") and then tells Joey he's going to speak with his parents. All is fine and somewhat predictible to this point, it almost feels like a more stable Centron production..
All logic is thrown out the window when his parents come in, Mom distracted me too much with what looked to me like a fez on her head.. Anyways, the Juvie judge starts chewing the parents out... why?? because the kid isn't going to Scouts and going to Church! I started to laugh loudly at this point, as the judge went on and on about how "he's never had any kids in front of me who went to Scouts and went to Church" and spews out quotes from fine exemplerary folk such as J. Edgar Hoover. The judge also warns about the demon alcohol, as if it was 1929 by saying how one drink can seriously impare your judgement (Who WRITES this stuff?) The Mom of course, eats this all up and says "Gee, I never thought of it that way before!" (neither did I) and soon, Joe and his folk are off to the New World,
Watch for the Epilogue of this piece when Joe comes back several months later, a new man of course, wearing a sweater highly fashionable for 5 year olds.
A MUST SEE on this site!!